BowelScreen Aotearoa is a collaboration between Bowel Cancer Australia, Bowel Cancer New Zealand and Green Cross Health to provide greater access to bowel cancer screening throughout New Zealand.
BowelScreen Aotearoa uses a clinically proven, sensitive and reliable faecal immunochemical test (FIT).
The Australian designed and manufactured test and accredited pathology services are provided by Clinical Genomics.
The test comes complete with full instructions, a dedicated customer helpline, as well as a reminder service.
No faecal handling, diet or medication changes are required to perform the test, which can be completed in the privacy of your own home.
The recommended retail price of the BowelScreen Aotearoa ColoVantage test is $63 (inc. GST), which includes the test kit, pathology analysis, result reporting to the participant and their nominated GP as well as return postage.
Talk to your pharmacist today about BowelScreen Aotearoa.
Find your nearest Life or Unichem pharmacy or order a screening test online.
For further information, please call 0800 849 104.
Please note: The New Zealand Government is phasing in a National Bowel Screening Program to be completed by 2021. New Zealander’s aged 60 to 74 years who are eligible to for publicly funded health care will receive an invitation to participate in the screening program when it becomes available in their DHB.
Eligible New Zealanders will receive a free faecal immunochemical test (FIT) in the mail and are encouraged to complete and return it. For information regarding start dates of each phase please visit the NBSP website or call 0800 924 432.
| How to screen
Brush the surface of your poo for about five seconds on two separate occasions
SAMPLE 1 - Your first poo
- Take the instructions, your information sheet, with the barcode labels, brush kit and test card into the bathroom.
- Flush toilet BEFORE your bowel movement.
- After your bowel movement, DO NOT PLACE USED TOILET PAPER IN THE TOILET BOWL. Instead, put the used toilet paper in one of the blue waste bags from the brush kit envelope.
- DO NOT FLUSH the toilet.
- Lift the flap marked 'LIFT HERE FOR SAMPLE 1' on the test card to uncover the small white square marked 'SAMPLE 1'.
- Using one of the blue brushes, gently brush the surface of the poo for about five seconds.
- If the poo is loose, simply stir the water around the poo.
- Remove the brush from the water and gently shake it once to remove excess water and any clumps of poo.
- Transfer the water sample by gently dabbing the bristles of the brush onto the small white square on the test card for about five seconds (some staining of the square may occur).
- Put the used brush in the blue waste bag and put the bag in your rubbish bin.
- Close the flap back over 'SAMPLE 1' and stick the flap down using one of the barcode labels located on the information sheet.
- See diagrams above for the correct way to position the label.
SAMPLE 2 - Your second poo
This sampe must be from a different poo to increase the chance of detecting non-visible blood.
- Use the second blue brush, blue waste bag and the test card flap marked 'SAMPLE 2', and repeat steps 1 to 5 above.
- Use the second barcode label to reseal flap marked 'SAMPLE 2'.
- Complete the information sheet.
- You must complete your GP's details or the test cannot be processed.
- Place the test card and information sheet in the reply paid envelope.
- Mail the envelope so it is received by the laboratory for analysis within 14 days of the date you collected SAMPLE 1.
- Your results will be mailed to you and your nominated GP.